Mozart Candy is the name of my new EP but it was the working title that Eric Eggleston had given to a piano riff I recorded with him years ago. We had lost touch over 7 or 8 years and one day we decided to get back together to make some music. I still had not used the riff and I remembered that he had named it Mozart Candy, which I liked. I had been trying to fit the riff into multiple songs that I have written over the years but it never quite fit until now. It became the opening riff for People People.
This piano riff always had an old rag time feel to me so I wanted to have it compressed and played on an old upright with the hopes of having it live in a modern environment amongst synths and rock/ pop elements like electric guitar.
Eric had an idea of playing spoons on it so he just did it. It turned out to be a great element to the track because it sounded like tap dancers with brings back the feel of the twenties.
The lyrics were born out of a criticism of the current social state of humans. I had a verse idea with a melody and the first words that came to me were “people people look at all the people people.”
I was imagining that if I was gazing over a large group of people in this day and age that they most likely would be videoing or taking a picture so their smart phones would be in front of their faces making everything they experience happen through a lens on a screen.
I guess it has something to do with the irony that real life is happening in front of you and the only thing blocking it is yourself because of the need to capture it on a phone. It’s a bit of a social disease that I find myself equally as guilty of.
I wanted to get across to the listener that criticizing the human race does not exclude the critic . Here I am with all my cynical observations and yet I realize I am part of the problem and solution sometimes.